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1. Leadbelly - "Black Girl"
The Definitive Leadbelly (song orig. 1935)
American classic from a master. Covered famously by Nirvana.
2. James Wilsey - "San Bernadino"
El Dorado (2008)
Sweet strat tone on this instrumental.
3. Old Crowns - She's a Weight.mp3
Buy (name your price): Old Crowns (2010)
Cool country rock outfit from Toronto. Have a nice easy vibe throughout the whole album, they call their style "stoner country."
4. Sam Quinn + Japan Ten - "Gun"
The Fake That Sunk A Thousand Ships (2010)
Favorite song from the debut solo album from this Tennessee native/former member of The Everybodyfields (who I have never heard). This one reminds me of Will Johnson.
5. Ernie Graham - "So Lonely"
Ernie Graham (1971)
Pub rock at its best from this British one album wonder.
6. Robin Pecknold - "Be Yourself" (Graham Nash cover)
Be Yourself - A Tribute to Graham Nash's "Songs for Beginners" (2010)
Fleet Fox's frontman covers an excellent and underrated song from Graham Nash's solo debut.
7. Eleven Bones - "Forget"
Four Day March (2010)
8. Neil Young - "Sweet Joni"
1973-03-11: Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, CA, USA (Bootleg)
I've been on this huge 60s/70s L.A. Canyon rock kick lately, and I pulled this off of a mix called "L.A. Burnout" that Aquarium Drunkard posted a while back.
9. Matthew Ryan - "Beauty Has a Name"
Dear Love Acoustic (2010)
Brilliant marketing by M.R. First put out an electric album, then six months later release the acoustic version. This track is not on the electric album.
10. Guthrie Kennard - My Mind Rolls Like a Wheel.mp3
Buy (CD Baby): Matchbox (2010)
11. Brand New - aloC-acoC (Demo Version).mp3
From: Unreleased Demos (2006)
This is one of the few songs about Iraq that I think works. I don't know if its true from the songwriter's perspective, but it feels personal.